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Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP 's 'responsive' and 'pragmatic' team advises clients in the media, healthcare, retail, food and beverage, property development, technology and private equity spaces. The corporate and commercial team is headed by Chris Ross, who leads on high-value corporate deals, Chris Wilkinson, who is experienced in the pharmaceutical sector, and Paul Knight who leads the commercial, IP and IT side. Vicky Protano joined as principal associate from JMW Solicitors LLP and Charlotte Lewis joined from Hill Dickinson LLP as senior associate.

Practice head(s):Chris Ross; Chris Wilkinson; Paul Knight

Other key lawyers:Vicky Protano; Charlotte Lewis


Very responsive team who make you feel valued as a client - something that sometimes gets lost in larger London firms’.

Very pragmatic, solutions focused and want to get things done; excellent at collaborating and talking through issues’.

Chris Ross in particular is stand out for advice and approach to service quality. He also has that all important sense of humour, even when the pressure is on.'

Key Clients

WHP Telecoms

Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited

Global Festivals



How Planning

Leesa Sleep

British Council

Turley Associates Limited

2CRSI Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the WHP Telecoms management team in connection with a partial exit of its existing private equity backers Palatine Private Equity Limited (PPE) and a rollover of equity into a new group structure backed by Equistone Private Equity Limited, with PPE retaining a minority interest.
  • Instructed  by Phoenix Medical Supplies in relation to the £8m sale of its 21.1% minority stake in RX Systems to Emis Group .
  • Advised Boardmasters (a subsidiary of Global Festivals Limited) on its acquisition of Vision Nine Entertainment Holdings Limited and its subsidiary Eleven Limited.
  • Acting for food & drink company Puratos in relation to UK subsidiaries, including carrying out a post completion restructuring.
  • Advising Leesa Sleep - a Manchester-based direct-to-consumer online mattress company delivering UK-made mattresses on contracts with suppliers and consumers and on data protection compliance and  online advertising issues.
Next Generation Partners

Paul Knight - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises its clients on a wide range of litigation matters including boardroom disputes, shareholder disputes, warranty claims and fraud. Key client sectors include food and agribusiness, waste, private wealth, sport, manufacturing and education. Richard Dawson-Gerrard heads the team, while Simon Pedley focuses on corporate and commercial disputes and contentious trusts.

Practice head(s):Richard Dawson-Gerrard

Other key lawyers:Simon Pedley; Rachael Somerset; Sandra Morrison; Ben Reeves


'I have worked most closely with Richard Dawson-Gerrard and Niall Innes. Both are very strong commercial litigators, with huge experience and great common sense - a pleasure to work with.'

Highly professional and knowledgeable team members.'

'This is a strong commercial team with good knowledge of both the regional legal market and the ability to manage large litigation.'

'Rachael Somerset provides superb communications and client care.'

'Rachael Somerset is particularly impressive as an associate.'

'Richard Dawson-Gerrard is hands-on and gives straightforward, robust advice to his clients.'

Key Clients

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Remondis U.K. Limited

Laila’s Fine Foods Limited

Bidfresh Limited (formerly Seafood Holdings Ltd)

Zedra Trusts

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rangers Football Club Limited in ongoing litigation with Sports Direct, arising out of a dispute in relation to the agreement under which Sports Direct had a licence to sell Rangers replica kit and other merchandise.
  • Represented long standing client Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd this year and succeeded on a high-profile appeal in the High Court of Justice.
  • Representing a well-known international football super-agent in a dispute with a Premiership Club.
Leading individuals

Simon Pedley - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its ability to handle complex investigations and insolvency litigation, and the team is instructed by regional and London-based insolvency practitioners. The team also handles transactional and advisory mandates and the technology, food, health and education sectors are areas of focus. Advising government bodies on special administration regimes is also a key area of expertise for the team headed by Helen Fyles .

Practice head(s):Helen Fyles


Helen Fyles has an excellent reputation

Key Clients

Larking Gowen

Leading individuals

Helen Fyles - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Sara Barrett, who leads the Manchester employment team at Mills & Reeve LLP, routinely acts for senior individuals, and is also recognised for her experience in the education sector. The wider practice advises clients across a wide range of sectors such as food and logistics, manufacturing, pharma, professional services and technology, and has recently seen an increase in work in the insurance sector, representing clients at the Employment Tribunal. Principal associate Deborah Coyne, whose 'personal skills are second to none', is recommended.

Practice head(s):Sara Barrett

Other key lawyers:Deborah Coyne


'Well known for work in the education sector.'

'Sara Barrett is a very experienced employed lawyer and offers pragmatic and sensible advice.'

'The team have a real grasp of the issues modern employers have to deal with. Their combined knowledge and approach is a real breath of fresh air within the legal market.'

'Sara Barrett is straight talking, explains legal procedures easily to lay people whilst pointing out options that are not unrealistic.'

'Debbie Coyne has excellent legal knowledge; her personal skills are second to none and always has time to listen, and is willing to point out where we can improve in the future.'

'I cannot praise Sara Barratt enough - her professionalism, rigour and empathy are exemplary.'

Key Clients

Lancaster University

Befesa Salt Slags Limited

LTE Group

Victrex Manufacturing Limited

Royal Northern College of Music

Manchester Metropolitan university

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service

Turley Associates


Phoenix Group

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Cumbria Logistics Limited in relation to a claim by disgruntled employee in relation to an argument and claim by a former employee that he had been dismissed.
  • Advised on insurance-backed tribunal claim brought by a staff member following disciplinary allegations being brought against him.
  • Advising Puratos NV on the employment aspects of its acquisition by Fruitapeel.
  • Acted for Turley Associates, one of the UK’s largest planning and development consultancies, on the purchase of Beacon Planning.
  • Advised Bolton College on the employment aspects of its'merger' with Bolton University and compliance with the transfer of undertakings legislation.
Rising stars

Deborah Coyne - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Niall Innes and Ben Hardiman lead Mills & Reeve LLP's professional negligence department, which is entirely devoted to insurance disputes involving professional indemnity, construction and D&O policies. The bulk of the team's workload involves the handling of claims against legal professionals including solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyances. Other areas of activity include defending construction professionals such as main contractors, architects and engineers in multi-party disputes, especially in relation to fire safety and cladding issues, as well as acting for insurance brokers.

Practice head(s):Niall Innes; Ben Hardiman

Other key lawyers:Liam Burnett; Emma Harrison; Sarah Rose


'The team are very capable of handling big-ticket complex professional liablity claims, from a legal and strategic perspective.'

'Extremely professional, highly knowledgeable and also very personable.'

'Niall Innes is an exceptionally good partner. Hands on when needed. Very intelligent, tactically astute.'

'Liam Burnett is thorough, exceptionally bright, on the ball and has great judgement.'

Key Clients


AXIS Specialty

Bar Mutual

CNA Hardy

Countrywide plc


W/R/B Underwriting

Starr Companies

International Insurance Company of Hannover

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's cross-discipline charities team, which acts for more than 250 charities and continues to attract new clients, is committed to helping them achieve their commercial goals while maintaining high ethical standards and managing their reputation. Paul Knight, who jointly leads the team with Simon Pedley, was promoted to partner in June 2018. Senior associate Rona McPherson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Knight; Simon Pedley

Other key lawyers:Mark Ashton; Rona McPherson; Sarah Whyman



'Very knowledgeable and experts in their field.'

'This team's strength is their commitment to meet our deadlines with expert advice provided on a full range of commercial contracts and data protection matters.'

Key Clients

British Council

BBC Children in Need


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Big Lottery Fund

Greater Manchester Sports Partnership

Advance HE

Snowdonia National Park Authority

The Mountain Training Trust

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Next Generation Partners

Paul Knight - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Rona McPherson - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises a roster of high-profile clients on disputes over the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, breach of trust and Inheritance Act claims, handling high-profile Court of Appeal cases and significant trust disputes involving offshore individuals and institutions. Simon Pedley, who heads up the team across the national firm's northern offices, has a long-established reputation of acting for very high net worth individuals, charities, Oxbridge colleges and trust companies.

Practice head(s):Simon Pedley

Work highlights

  • Acting for the executors of the Summers estate in relation to an extremely complicated handwritten homemade will.
  • Acting for the recently appointed professional independent administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Cadogan, appointed by court order during litigation between the two former executors. The estate comprises London properties worth £13m.
  • Acted for an Oxbridge College in defending a potential claim by relatives of the deceased; challenging the fees of one of the estate’s professional executors, as well as handling other related administration issues.
Leading individuals

Simon Pedley - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP, which is regarded as being 'one of the leading teams in this area of law', regularly advises on high-profile matters, including representing Resolution, the largest family justice organisation, on a pro bono basis at the Supreme Court hearing of high-profile divorce dispute Owens v Owens. Alison Bull is recognised for her 'innovative, excellent knowledge' and Nigel Shepherd has 'relentless commitment' to delivering family law reform. Another name to note is Rose-Marie Drury, who is a 'rising star in every respect'.

Practice head(s):Alison Bull; Nigel Shepherd


'The family team is generally regarded amongst its peers as being one of the leading teams in this area of law. They attract high-quality work and have a number of experienced and talented lawyers. Their commitment to alternative dispute resolution is one of their more unique strengths.'

'Committed, innovative and hardworking.'

'They are forward and innovative thinkers with a can do attitude. They are thinkers as well as efficient do-ers. Alison Bull is a standout partner who is innovative, has excellent knowledge and skill and is completely committed to guiding clients to a good outcome.'

'Nigel Shepherd's commitment to family law reform, and improving the family justice system for both practitioners and clients, is relentless.'

'Alison Bull has a top class legal mind with a detailed grasp on the complexities of family law. Alison is also an innovator, leader and first class mediator, her constant and consistent client-focused attitude ensures a favourable outcome for all who engage her to act on their behalf.'

'Rose-Marie Drury is a rising star in every respect, has the soft skills required for the role but the tenacity to drive the best results for the client - not to be underestimated.'

Leading individuals

Alison Bull - Mills & Reeve LLP

Nigel Shepherd - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Andrew Moore - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rose-Marie Drury - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'outstanding and thoroughly professional' Tony Hall leads the 'technically excellent' team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which advises a number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families on a wide range of trust and estate planning matters. The firm also advises family business owners on succession issues, and is currently involved in several complex estate issues, some with a cross-border element. The team includes senior associate Charlotte Shaughnessy, who has experience acting for high value estates, including claims for business property relief and agricultural property relief from inheritance tax.

Practice head(s):Deborah Clark; Tony Hall; Zahra Siddiqui

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Shaughnessy


'The team in general is of the very highest quality, sticklers for detail and always one step ahead.  They are a notch above other firms I have dealt with, in terms of technical ability.'

'Tony Hall is the best trust lawyer I have ever met, by a country mile. He is personable, knowledgeable and approachable. Altogether an extremely competent lawyer and a true expert in his specialist field.'

'The firm has a reputation for technical excellence in the marketplace.' 

'Tony Hall is an outstanding individual with a thoroughly professional approach.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for the recently appointed professional independent administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Cadogan, appointed by court order during bitter litigation between the two former executors
  • Acted for an Oxbridge College in defending a potential claim by relatives of the deceased, who are alleging (a) that the college is under a moral obligation to pass some of its legacy to them and should apply to the Charity Commission for permission to do so, and (b) that they have a claim in proprietary estoppel. That part of the claim has now been compromised.

Leading individuals

Tony Hall - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Charlotte Shaughnessy - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'breadth and depth of expertise available stands out' at Mills & Reeve LLP . The team handles a range of matters for further and higher education clients across the region and beyond; it is 'often involved in, or has knowledge of cutting edge cases and developments'. The team handles a raft of employment work in the sector where Sara Barrett heads the team. It also handles commercial and IT work, as well as construction work. Richard Skyes heads the specialist education law team in Birmingham and Manchester.

Practice head(s):Sara Barrett; Richard Sykes

Other key lawyers:Nick Abbott; Paul Knight; Catherine Kay; Deborah Coyne; Jennifer Lewis;


'The firm's UK-wide sector specialism is extremely valuable.'

'Nick Abbott and Richard Sykes provide excellent, practical and sector- specific expertise in an approachable and user-friendly way.'


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Health - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a 'responsive, expert and professional service on healthcare and strategic commercial healthcare transactional matters' and it is 'increasingly present in the North West'. In Manchester, commercial, technology and information specialist Paul Knight is developing a health tech practice and is ably supported by senior associate Charlotte Lewis . The team also offers specialist healthcare estates experience.

Practice head(s):Jill Mason (Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:Paul Knight: Charlotte Lewis; Jennifer Lewis


'The team delivers prompt response times and has a friendly approach coupled with a degree of professionalism.'

'Nothing phases the team and it understands the intricacies of the subject matter without ever becoming less than commercial in its outlook.'

'Charlotte Lewis and Rhian Vandrill (who is based in Birmingham) make an exceptional team with complementary skills, styles and knowledge; they can be trusted to deliver to the highest standards and they do not just sit on the fence but offer insight and counsel that adds value.'

Key Clients

NHS Oldham CCG

South West London and St George’s NHS Trust

The British Medical Association

Various GP clients

Rowlands Pharmacy

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

NHS Shared Business Services

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Oldham CCG on the complete redesign of its community services provision, replacing its existing provider with a new local care organisation.
  • Advised South West London and St George’s NHS Trust on  a complex scheme which included its relocation to a new site over the road, and the return to part of the sold site as a tenant following renovation.
  • The team advises various GP clients on a range of matters including sale and leasebacks to major institutional investors; development work; capital improvement grants; negotiations with NHS England; assisting GPs to access and implement Transformation Funds; and property management work.  
  • Advises Rowlands Pharmacy on a range of matters which includes property mandates.
Rising stars

Charlotte Lewis - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a range of national, and increasingly international, development, regeneration and investment work and has expertise across the industrial, hotels, education, health, retail and public sectors. The 'growing' team is led by the 'exceptional' Mike Edge who has an 'excellent reputation in the Manchester market'. Principal associate Jennifer Lewis is noted for her experience in the education and healthcare sectors. The team also houses real estate finance expertise.

Practice head(s):Mike Edge

Other key lawyers:Caroline Hanratty; Rachel Pitman; Jennifer Lewis; Graham Collier; Alexandra Murphy


'The team is always willing to advise at short notice.'

Jennifer Lewis has a down to earth and 'can do' attitude which gives confidence that the matter will be dealt with and that any advice will be solution-focused.'

Key Clients

Robertson Strategic Land


C. C. Projects (Church Commissioners)

Crosslane Group

db Symmetry

WPA Investments

Fortis Developments

Stockport Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bruntwood on a joint venture between Bruntwood and Trafford Borough Council in connection with proposed redevelopment of the former Kelloggs Building at Trafford and to house UA92, the sports and media university backed by Bruntwood, Trafford Council, and Gary Neville.
  • Acted for Manchester Science Parks in connection with Citylabs 2.0, the first phase of a new development on the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) campus, in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District – Corridor Manchester.  
  •   Advised Stockport Council on its redevelopment of the town’s historic Market Place.
  • Advised Robertson in connection with a promotion agreement for land owned by the Leeming family at Bartle, Preston.
  • Advised Elstree Capital on the sale by auction of three properties – commercial office units.  
Leading individuals

Mike Edge - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Jennifer Lewis - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a raft of non-contentious construction work in the region and across the UK, acting for contractors and developers. The team stands out for its arts sector expertise, as well as its education and healthcare sector nous. It is also often engaged on the demolition and build of mixed-use retail, office and residential developments. Team head Catherine Kay is noted for her experience in large construction projects and has a 'wealth of knowledge'. Senior associate James Badger is also a key member of the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Catherine Kay

Other key lawyers:James Badger


'Catherine Kay has a good level of availability.'

'Catherine Kay always gives very clear, sensible and practical advice.'

'The team has industry leading knowledge of construction law and contracts.'

'Catherine Kay provides clear options and explains benefits and risks clearly and comprehensively.'

Key Clients

Cheval Property Holding

Royal Northern College of Music

The Halle Orchestra

L Rowlands (Retail)

Manchester Communication Primary Academy

University Hospital South Manchester / Manchester Central Hospital

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC / NatWest



Contact theatre (Manchester Young Person’s theatre)

Work highlights

  • The team advised Cheval Group of Companies on the drafting and negotiation of all the documents for a range of its projects including projects in London such as Gloucester Park, 55-91 Knightsbridge (a large residential scheme), Moreau House (a large retail and office scheme), 57 Campden Hill Road (residential), and Watling Park (a large industrial scheme) in Daventry.
  • The team has drafted, negotiated and completed the suite of appointments to the specialist design team for the first phase of the project and building contract for phase 2, for the redevelopment of the Contact Theatre in Manchester.
  • The team continues to handle a range of construction mandates for L. Rowlands.
  • Acted for LTE Group on its full estate programme, which included dealing with the appointment of the architect as lead consultant alongside Cushman & Wakefield as estates manager for the estate and future development, and advised on contracts and further appointments for new builds and extensions.
  • The team acts for the Hallé Orchestra on the appointment of the design team for the stage 2 phase 2 works that were selected following a WORLDWIDE RIBA design competition and applications to the Arts Council. This is based in a sensitive heritage building (a former church) in the Northern Quarter. The building contract has also been completed with Smiths as contractor.
Leading individuals

Catherine Kay - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's environment team is engaged on regeneration projects, contaminated land and asbestos work, and also handles transactions involving petrol filling stations and waste management sites. The manufacturing, education and health sectors are key areas of activity for the team. Consultant Keith Davidson, who heads the team, is an 'expert' and handles brownfield regeneration projects, environmental insurance, Part 2A proceedings and is often engaged on corporate transactions with environmental aspects.

Practice head(s):Keith Davidson

Other key lawyers:Christopher Bartley


Excellent team, which has a strong technical offering coupled with a highly personalised approach

The team is motivated to ensure all parties succeed in terms of project delivery and also in maintaining relationships

Keith Davidson stands out as a go-to practitioner for excellent environmental due diligence support and contaminated land work


Key Clients

University of Cambridge

Oxford University

University of Birmingham


DB Symmetry

Poppies Europe

Robertson Strategic Land

NPL Estates



Work highlights

  • Advised Consolidated Property Group on environmental issues relating to the acquisition of a former gas works site at St Albans from National Grid.  
  • Advised private equity fund Elaghmore Partners on environmental issues relating to the acquisition of McPhee Bros (Blantyre), trading as McPhee Mixers, a company based in England and Scotland that manufactures concrete mixers.  
Leading individuals

Keith Davidson - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has particular expertise in the healthtech and edtech sectors. It also advises on data security, data protection and GDPR. Key client sectors include charities and not-for-profit, education, government, sports, technology and leisure. Newly promoted partner Paul Knight heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Knight


A consistency of service across their team that is impressive’.

The team communicate clearly, conveying the key points in terms a layperson can easily consume’.

Proactive in terms of their engagement and their charges are explained before work is commenced’.

The team are extremely knowledgable and able to provide excellent professional advice that is commercially aware and well-balanced’.

Key Clients

British Council

Cantarus Limited

Aures Technologies Limited

Exact Abacus Limited (trading as fulfilmentcrowd)

Dovetail Digital Ltd (trading as Dovetail Lab)

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

PharmAssist Solutions Limited

NutraTech Ltd

Premia Solutions Limited

NHS Shared Business Services

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Council on its IT contracts around the world.
  • Developing a licensing model for Cantarus Limited for the MemConnect app solution.
  • Assisted Aures Technologies with its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advised Dovetail Lab on the steps necessary to comply with data protection legislation when medical records are transferred from a GP to a third party using the Dovetail Lab blockchain platform.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†represents sports clients, celebrities, private individuals, public bodies and corporates, with areas of expertise including reputation management and also defamation work. Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who focuses on crisis management, heads the team alongside ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô principal associate Rachael Somerset, who specialises in reputation management and libel issues.

Practice head(s):Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Rachael Somerset

Other key lawyers:Ben Reeves


Strong team in reputation management and media litigation’.

They provide a fast and efficient service’.

Rachael Somerset is exceptional in her handling of complex litigation: clever, quick and communicative, an excellent litigator’.

The team are very easy to work with and able to articulate complicated legal positions in a very user-friendly, straight forward manner’.

Excellent communicators with the required level of information and discretion applied to ensure a first-class service’.

Rachael Somerset has an outstanding knowledge of her area of expertise – she is ab industry leading and excellent communicator who is able to provide clarity to the most complex of issues’.

Key Clients

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

The British Council

Triumph Motorcycles

West Midlands Ambulance Service

England Golf

Luton Town Football Club

ITV / Coronation Street

Work highlights

  • Advised the West Midlands Ambulance Service on a libel claim arising out of statements made to the BBC, that were alleged to be defamatory.
  • Advised ITV and the scriptwriters of Coronation Street in relation to the content of a significant storyline.
  • Worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to develop contracts for film production services.

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Sport - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in sports arbitration and litigation. Areas of expertise include image rights, sponsorship and endorsement deals, doping cases, defamation, disputes and tax. The firm's clients include football clubs, national governing bodies, players’ associations, and various athletes. Arbitration specialist Mark Hovell co-heads the team alongside Carol Couse.

Practice head(s):Mark Hovell; Carol Couse

Other key lawyers:Rachael Somerset; Sarah Whyman

Key Clients

Rangers Football Club

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Laffer Abogados

James Milner

League Football Education

Great Manchester Sports Partnership

OmniSports Limited

Super League

Preston North End FC

Pro Legal Agency

White Rose Sports Ventures

Entertainment Today

British Cycling

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rangers Football Club  in ongoing litigation with Sports Direct, arising out of a dispute in relation to the agreement under which Sports Direct had a licence to sell Rangers replica kit and other merchandise.
  • Advising on AC Milan's ban from the Europa League Cup Competition due to financial fair play regulations, with Mark Hovell appointed as one of the arbitrators to hear the case.
  • Assisting the PFA with its negotiations with the Premier League in looking to establish a 'save as you earn' scheme for young professional players.
  • Appointed by Super League rugby clubs to review arrangements between the League and the Rugby Football League governing body.
Leading individuals

Mark Hovell - Mills & Reeve LLP

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